The Trinamool Congress (TMC) received yet another shot in the arm on Wednesday after former Chief Minister of Meghalaya Mukul Sangma, along with 12 Congress MLAs, joined the TMC giving West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s party presence in three north-eastern States after Assam and Tripura.
Sangma met TMC MP and party’s general secretary Abhishek Banerjee on September 21 first, fuelling speculation of him and his entire team joining the TMC. Congress leaders Kirti Azad and Ashok Tanwar joined the TMC a day earlier in the presence of Mamata, who is in national Capital. The late evening development came as a huge setback for the grand old party in Meghalaya and particularly in NE region as 12 of the 18 party MLAs joined the TMC on Wednesday.
Sangma, the Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly, was reportedly unhappy with the Congress’s top leadership. Reports suggested that Sangma felt cornered in the party and he had given enough indications of quitting the party of things does not work.